April 13, 2008 in Nation/World

In Passing: Patrick Hillery, former president

The Spokesman-Review

Former Irish President Patrick Hillery died Saturday at age 84 and will receive a full state funeral, the government announced.

Hillery died in a Dublin hospice after a short illness, the government said.

As foreign minister, Hillery negotiated Ireland’s 1973 entry to the future European Union. He served two terms as president, Ireland’s symbolic head of state, and ran unopposed both times – a concession that reflected his cross-party popularity.

Leaders from all parties lauded Hillery as an impartial and ethical politician who confronted anti-British extremism and poor ethical standards within his own party, Fianna Fail.

“He was a man of great integrity, decency and intelligence. He contributed massively to the progress of our country and he is assured of an honored place in Ireland’s history,” said Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who leads Fianna Fail today.

Los angeles

Stanley Kamel, character actor

Stanley Kamel, a veteran character actor who appeared most recently in the USA television network series “Monk” as detective Adrian Monk’s psychiatrist, has died. He was 65.

Kamel was found dead of a heart attack Tuesday at his Los Angeles home by his longtime agents Donna Massetti and Marilyn Szatmary, publicist Cynthia Snyder said Wednesday.

Often cast as unsavory characters in TV dramas, Kamel got attention as the suicidal Bruce Teller in the Fox prime-time soap “Melrose Place” in 1994, Dylan McKay’s scheming father-in-law Tony Marchette in Fox’s “Beverly Hills 90210” in 1995, and creepy psychiatrist Dr. Graham Lester in the ABC crime series “Murder One” in 1995-‘96.

Kingston, Jamaica

Cedella Booker, Marley’s mother

Cedella Booker, the mother of Jamaican music legend Bob Marley, has died, a family spokesman said Wednesday. She was 81. Booker died in her sleep Tuesday at her home in Miami, spokesman Jerome Hamilton said.

Booker, a Jamaica native, was 18 when she married Norval Marley, a British man 32 years her senior. Their son brought Jamaican reggae music to international prominence. Bob Marley died in 1981.

“Mrs. Booker was the matriarch of a movement so powerful that the mystical qualities of the Marley musical legacy remain strong and potent,” Jamaica Information Minister Olivia Grange said.

After Norval Marley died, Booker settled in Delaware. She wrote two biographies of her famous son and recorded two albums, “Awake Zion!” and “Smilin’ Island of Song.”

– From wire reports

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